Wale (http://www.walemusic.com/taan331) is a rapper from Washington DC who stepped on the scene with his incredibly popular song “Dig Dug” and continued to create infectious grooves ever since. With a hip-hop meets disco vibe, Wale has attracted the attention of everyone from Rick Ross to Lady Gaga. His latest single, “Girls On Drugs” was released early March, 2015, from his 15- track mix tape which various artists like Omarion, Rick Ross, Meek Mill and Fat Trel among others. Wale has an eminent album titled “The Album About Nothing” on its way later this year. Wale’s musical debut single was “Rhyme of the Century”. Its release saw him featured in the “Unsigned Hype” column of The Source magazine in 2006. Wale cites his inspiration as go-go music and often incorporates the effervescent beats in his music. David Jeffries of all music described Wale as having a “post-Kanye, post-Lil Wayne, alternative-meets-hardcore style.”  

Portugal. The Man (http://www.portugaltheman.com/) is an American rock band from Portland, Oregon. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O’Quin, and Jason Sechrist. The group began when Gourley and Carothers met and started playing music together in high school in Alaska. The group stepped on the scene with “Waiter: “You vultures!”” in 2006. Since then, the band has performed musical feats such as playing at festivals including Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, working with producers like Danger Mouse, opening for the Black Keys and featuring backing vocals from the Haim sisters’ in their albums.According to multiple interviews with Portugal. The Man, they are currently in the studio recording their 8th hip-hop inspired album with Mike D from the Beastie Boys acting as their producer.

 Lido (https://soundcloud.com/lidogotsongs), the 21-year-old Norwegian producer Peder Losnegård, crowned his remix campaign with his first ‘proper’ release, the ‘I Love You’ EP. Praise was unanimous. When Peder was ten, he met an American exchange student, who played him Kanye West and Eminem. “Kanye West’s first album, ‘The College Dropout’, was the perfect introduction to hip hop for me,” says Peder. The result: a forceful and involved love for hip hop and R&B was kindled— and soon after further fueled by an introduction to electronic music. It was one of Peder’s friends, Cashmere Cat, who turned him onto electronic music—the weirder end of hip hop. Inspired, Peder start making his own music, fusing the baselines and rowdy sonics of Daft Punk with R’n’B and gospel harmonies. DJ Slow, head of the Pelican Fly label, was blown away and signed Peder. Right now he’s working on the follow-up to the ‘I Love You’ EP.

Marian Hill (https://soundcloud.com/marianhill) is comprised of Jeremy Lloyd (production/songwriting) and Samantha Gongol (vocals/songwriting). The pair’s roots can be traced back as far as a middle school talent show that saw Lloyd — the son of a conductor and an opera singer — hear Gongol sing for the first time. Many a moon down the line, following a stint studying music composition at college for Lloyd while Gongol was cutting her teeth in New York as a songwriter, the pair reunited in the former’s bedroom studio. Citing influences ranging from Cole Porter to Kanye, from Ella Fitzgerald to Drake, while many artists define themselves by the mixture of inspirations they’ve concocted, Marian Hill go one step further: fusing disparate sources into a compound sound that’s hard to imagine ever having been apart.



JMSN, (http://iamjmsn.com/) born Christian Berishaj, is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, engineer, mixer, and videographer. The R&B crooner, who released his debut album †Priscilla† in January 2012, also operates his indie label, White Room Records, out of his home studio. His freshman album captured the attention of Usher and even landed JMSN four slots on Kendrick Lamar’s groundbreaking Good Kid, M.A.A.D City album. JMSN’s impressive talents have allowed him to collaborate with the likes of Game, J. Cole, Tyga, Ab-Soul, Kaytranada, Sango, and others. The songster plans to unveil the next chapter of his musical journey via his upcoming self-titled LP, which will see release on December 9, 2014.

Shwayze (http://www.shwayze.com/) was born Aaron Smith in 1986 in Malibu, California. While hanging out with his friends at a local club in 2005, Shwayze made his own destiny by accumulating his courage to get on the stage at his own will. Whitestarr was headlining the live music event that night and its lead singer Cisco Adler was observing from the side of the stage. His single “Buzzin'” entered at #86 on Billboard Hot 100 and climbed up steadily to #46. While the song was still hot on the airplay, another Adler-featuring single “Corona and Lime” took over the success of the first single to peak the same chart at #23. Shwayze signed a deal with MTV to star in the network’s reality show Buzzin’ that follows him and Adler in the quest of being more and more famous. Shwayze’s first full length debut album as a solo artist without his previous singer Cisco Adler released in 2013.

JRF 2015 will provide a fresh interpretation of its long history rooted in Jazz and Reggae music. We are expanding our genre and developing an eclectic and dynamic line up that will celebrate Los Angeles and its evolving culture. Through conscious music, world food, art, and sustainability education we will craft an experience that is innovative, relevant, and invigorating.

JRF will take place at the Los Angeles Tennis Center, located at UCLA, on April 25th. We will begin the show under the warm rays of the California sun and keep on groovin’ as the moon rises. The vibes will continue, the sounds will change.

Come join us at JRF 2015– bound to be just really funky. FMI:jazzreggaefest.com/map/